Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, left, applauds 2014 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Chinese investigative journalist Hu Shuli during awarding ceremonies at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in suburban Pasay, Philippines on Sunday Aug. 31, 2014. The Ramon Magsaysay Awards, named after the popular Philippine president who died in a 1957 plane crash, is often regarded as Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Aaron Favila—AP
- AffiliationCaixin Media
Hu is a paragon of important journalism inside China’s notoriously close-fisted media environment. As a young reporter, she was suspended from her paper after asking it to cover the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Undeterred, Hu started the business paper Caijing and exposed everything from stock-market manipulation to a state cover-up of the SARS outbreak. Hu’s current home, the media company Caixin, retains her penchant for provocation; last year she issued an extraordinary call against state censorship.